Reaching For The Brass Ring: Philly Bands at South By Southwest (Part II)

Reading Rainbow
Reading Rainbow

One of the many good things about being a duo is the relative ease of setting up and breaking down your equipment. In an environment like SXSW, where bands are rushed on and off the stage with barely enough time to perform a five-song set, that kind of hassle-free setup can save a band a lot of aggravation. So we hope that—while five- and six-piece bands are sweating it out, trying to get all of their guitars, synthesizers, laptops, basses, and drum kits from one show to the next—local duos such as Reading Rainbow and Slutever get to take their sweet time and actually enjoy the experience. Reading Rainbow and Slutever perform at the WXPN/YVYNYL showcase on Thursday, March 17th, at the The Broken Neck. You can find both bands’ additional SXSW dates on their websites.

The electronica band Golden Ages are performing several shows in Austin (including our local showcase with YVYNYL). Last summer, the music blog universe raved over Golden Ages’ cover of Toto’s “Africa” (which you can download below), and many a blog referenced Animal Collective as a point of comparison. We, on the hand, hear a young band with a sophisticated sense of melody set to an electro-rhythmic, somewhat noisy background.

We’ve been fans of Kurt Vile’s singer-songwriter stoner haze for a long time. His new album Smoke Ring For My Halo is his best yet, with Pitchfork giving the album a Best New Music award. Kurt is performing Saturday at Auditorium Shores Stage at 4:30 Central Time as part of NPR Music’s live radio broadcast on WXPN (4:30 Eastern).


The Key and YVYNYL Present: SXSWPHILLY 2011

Going to this year’s SXSW? Many Philly bands are heading to Austin for the music conference starting next week and this year WXPN and The Key along with Philly based music blogger YVYNYL (Mark Schoenveld) are presenting SXSWPHILLY 2011 on Thursday, March 17th starting at High Noon Austin time at the The Broken Neck. The show, organized by Pat Troxell of Creepoid, is free and will feature two stages and 12 bands.

12:00 – 12:20  – Nicos Gun
12:30 – 12:50 – Suede Uppers
1:00 – 1:20 – Arrah and the Ferns
1:30 – 1:50 – The Armchairs
2:00 – 2:20 – The Spinto Band
2:30 – 2:50 – Slutever
3:00 – 3:20  – Far-out Fangtooth
3:30 – 3:50 – Creepoid
4:00 – 4:20 – Golden Ages
4:30 – 4:50 – Reading Rainbow
5:00 – 5:20  – Nothing
5:30 – 5:50 – The Spooks


Philly Local Philes: Arc In Round’s “Spirit”

Arc In Round

With a sound that’s a little bit Cocteau Twins, a little bit Throwing Muses, it wouldn’t be surprising if askew Philly popsters Arc In Round eventually get snatched up by revered UK boutique label 4AD Records. But, for the present, the foursome is concentrating on its long-in-the-making debut. This Thursday, Dec. 2, the band is putting out the Diagonal Fields EP; the record-release show at Johnny Brenda’s also features Golden Ages, Post Post, and Pink Skull on the bill. Keep an eye on the band heading into 2011, since its debut full-length (which reportedly features collaborations with scene buds Chris Ward of Pattern Is Movement and Kurt Vile) is fixing to be a noisy, blissful tour de force.

Arc In Round performs with Golden Ages, Post Post, and Pink Skull at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $10.


Philly’s Golden Ages rock some classic Toto

Golden Ages have dropped a new EP which you can download here with a strong strong cover of Toto’s “Africa.” GA’s are definitely one of the coolest new bands to emerge on the Philly scene here in the last year.

And their choice of this cover is just excellent:

And in case you missed some of their previous jams, dive in to this:

For a dose of Toto (and they sure racked up some serious hits), make sure you check out the classic: